President Biden holds first in-person cabinet meeting a day after introducing infrastructure plan

On Thursday afternoon, a day after introducing a massive infrastructure plan, President Biden held his first in-person cabinet meeting at the White House.

Biden tasked five of his cabinet members with selling the new infrastructure package to the American people and to Congress. At the beginning of the meeting, Biden announced that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo would all take additional responsibilities. Biden stated that the group of former Mayors and Governors will “represent me in dealing with Congress, engage the public … and help work out the details as we refine it and move forward.” Biden also issued a directive to his Cabinet members urging them to follow through with the “Buy American” executive action he took back in January.

Biden told the Cabinet members “to make sure that when the government is spending taxpayers’ money that they’re spending it on American-made goods, American corporations and American employees.” Biden said to the members to take a “hard look” at their agency spending and to make sure they were following his “Buy American” agenda. Biden wants all agencies to use the taxpayers’ money and to make sure they’re spending it on American goods, American corporations, and American workers. The meeting that took place in the East Room of the White House, was timed to follow the introduction of Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package.

The package aims to improve traditional infrastructure such as roads, railways, and bridges, but it also aims to spend billions to expand broadband internet access, community-based care for elderly Americans, and investments into green energy. The meeting focused not only on infrastructure and the roles that each Cabinet member would play, it also focused on the continued implementation of Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. According to ABC News, the meeting drew a sharp contrast to Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. While Trump allowed Cabinet members to speak and allowed for lengthier press availability, no members of Biden’s cabinet spoke at the meeting and Biden only allowed for two minutes of press availability.





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